In the margin of the 5th United Nations Conference on the Least Developed Countries (LDC5), Patrick Guillaumont, President of Ferdi, was invited to moderate the panel organised by the Republic of Seychelles, the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie (OIF), and the Commonwealth.
The President of Seychelles, Wavel Ramkalawan, chaired a significant event with the Secretary General of the OIF, Louise Mushikiwabo, the Secretary General of the Commonwealth, Patricia Scotland, and the French Secretary of State for Development, Chrysoula Zacharopoulou.
The event aimed to promote the adoption of a universal, multidimensional, and exogenous vulnerability index, independent of current policy, to justify increased development assistance. Patrick Guillaumont, President of Ferdi, moderated this panel, which the topic is one of Ferdi's work priorities.
It was agreed that another event involving the same partner institutions should be organized before or during the June Summit to further convey the same message.
7 March 2023, 12:15 - 13:45 (Time Doha)
Exhibition Hall 2, Qatar National Convention Centre, Doha.
The Doha Program of Action defines the priority areas and new objectives of the international community to support the least developed countries (LDCs) for the current decade. A decade which will also be critical for the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.
This new program for the LDCs includes in particular a target of 15 additional LDCs graduating from this category by 2031. As LDCs strive to recover from the COVID-19 crisis, which has more strongly affected them, and are facing an accelerating climate change and worsening extreme weather events, the efforts of the international community must be ambitious.
In this regard, Small Island Developing States (SIDS) present specific challenges that cannot be ignored. To better support the LDCs and SIDS in their efforts and achieve its objectives, the Doha Program of Action should be accompanied by the establishment of a measure which takes into account in a fair and complete manner the multiple specific vulnerabilities which threaten their development.